Coaching Youth Track & Field
BookCoaching Youth Track & Field stresses fun, safety, and effective instruction, helping you create an environment that promotes learning, encourages a love of the sport, and motivates your athletes to come out year after year.
Numerous coaching books present the skills, drills, and activities of track and field. But here’s a book that teaches you how to convey those skills to your athletes in an engaging and positive manner.
Written by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with Matt Lydum and other experts from Hershey’s Track & Field Games and USA Track & Field (USATF), Coaching Youth Track & Field is the only resource available today aimed at coaches of athletes ages 14 and under.
Coaching Youth Track & Field includes the following:
• Activities specifically designed for young track and field athletes
• Fundamentals of all of the events in track and field (USATF and Hershey’s Track and Field Games)
Coaching Youth Track & Field’s 73 activities and 32 age-specific coaching tips are sure to jump-start your planning and practices and help you overcome any hurdle encountered during the season. Plus, sequenced and specific chapters help you learn, retain, and reference in a flash.
Endorsed by USATF and named the official handbook of Hershey’s Track & Field Games, this book a must-read as you prepare to meet the challenges and enjoy the rewards of coaching young athletes.
Table of ContentsWelcome to Coaching!
Welcome From Hershey and USA Track & Field
1 Stepping Into Coaching
2 Communicating as a Coach
3 Understanding Rules and Equipment
4 Providing for Athletes’ Safety
5 Making Practices Fun and Practical
6 Teaching and Shaping Skills
7 Coaching the Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays
8 Coaching the Distances
9 Coaching the Jumps
10 Coaching the Throws
11 Coaching Combined Events and Cross Country
12 Coaching on Meet Day
13 Developing Season and Practice Plans
Appendix A: Related Checklists and Forms
Appendix B: Track and Field Terms